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You probably watch more television than you should A Short Guide To Binge-Watching [Weird & Wonderful Web] A Short Guide To Binge-Watching [Weird & Wonderful Web] Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video have turned binge-watching into a mainstay of the mainstream. Before you begin binge-watching TV you should arm yourself with some important information. This short guide helps. Read More . Don’t worry, we all do. It’s a pastime that requires no effort other than occasionally lifting the remote control. Hence its popularity. Whether this is a good thing or not is a discussion for another day, but what we’re interested in is what brand of TV you currently own.

Facebook Experiments With Mistrust

To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “Which Tech Company Do You Trust The Least?

Out of a total of 997 votes, 31.4% chose Google, 8.1% chose Microsoft, 11.4% chose Apple, 1.2% chose Sony, 4% chose Samsung, 38.5% chose Facebook, 0.8% chose Twitter, 1.5% chose Amazon, and 3% chose Other.

This suggests Facebook is by far the least trusted tech company on the planet, with Google not far behind. This poll was run just after it was revealed Facebook conducts social experiments on its users How Do You Feel About Being In Facebook's Psych Experiment? [Weekly Facebook Tips] How Do You Feel About Being In Facebook's Psych Experiment? [Weekly Facebook Tips] You've probably heard about the latest scandal from the Facebook world: Facebook has been experimenting on users and playing with their emotions. Yes, really. Read More , which probably skewed the results somewhat. We suspect that, were we to run this poll again at a later date, Google would triumph by virtue of its undeniable ubiquitousness.

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Comment Of The Week

We received a lot of great comments, including those from G_known, Mathew P, and B.. Comment Of The Week goes to Peter F, who won with this comment Which Tech Company Do You Trust the Least? [MakeUseOf Poll] Which Tech Company Do You Trust the Least? [MakeUseOf Poll] Companies need you to trust them in order to sell you their products or services. Some manage it better than others, and some manage it very badly indeed. Read More :

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I chose Microsoft as the company I trust the LEAST. Let me explain why.
This question is great because most of the usual suspects (google,facebook, etc) always seem to be in the news in one form or another with stories of how they are “selling our information” or using strange misguided experiments to gauge our emotional state and so on and so on. While my first instinct was to smash the keypad with FACEBOOK or GOOGLE I stopped and thought about in a slightly different way.
Was I surprised when I heard the news of Facebook selling my info or deciding what I read on my feed? no. Did I gasp in horror when it was announced that Google snooping on folks with wifi? A little but not enough to make me spit my coffee over laptop…
While the likes of Facebook and Google hold all our information (or at least what we offer to them) I am not surprised that this info is used for the benefit of said businesses. We, the user, give them our personal information to use as they wish – although I would agree they push the limits sometimes.
I chose Microsoft for different reasons though.
For years the majority of us have used the world changing operating systems of Windows and yet, even today there are many users who suffer from crashes, stalls and constant, never ending streams of updates and upgrades. Systems that are seen as the easiest to manipulate and “hack into” or more recently are being cast aside(vista..xp?) and left vulnerable by one of the biggest companies in the world, while the only option to upgrade is to use a whole new unfamiliar system (windows 8) that appears to be the scorn of the internet (it is getting harder to find a window 7 based pc in shops these days).
There are more pages of the web hurling abuse at W8 than in praise and yet for those looking to buy new products have very little option but to bite the bullet and are forced to use yet another “unfinished” product.
I know this sounds like I’m just bashing Microsoft – but I don’t mean to. They have many good points as well, but I just don’t trust them to offer me a product that is worth the money asked.
The service Microsoft offer is not value for money, offers a lot but generally delivers little when the same old ERROR messages and CRASHES occur time after time.
If I am allowed to greatly over-exaggerate the issue: they are the equivalent of a cowboy builder, but for many they are the only viable option when Apple are too expensive, CHROME lacks offline and LINUX is just a strange word saved only for Scrabble experts.
For those, like me, who just want a PC to work and do the things I want without fear of failing at the worst moment…. Microsoft is the least trustworthy option but the one forced into our hands each and every time.

We appreciate the thinking outside of the box displayed in this comment. Google and Facebook are undoubtedly the most obvious options to choose, but this comment represents a strong argument as to why Microsoft also cannot be trusted Microsoft, You’re Embarrassing Yourself. Please Stop. [Opinion] Microsoft, You’re Embarrassing Yourself. Please Stop. [Opinion] Microsoft: we need to talk. Yes, it’s about those Scroogle ads. No, I don’t think they’re funny, and no: I don’t think Google is worried about them. Read More .

Branding Your TV

Televisions are the centerpiece of most homes TV Buying Guide: How To Pick The Right TV For Your Living Room TV Buying Guide: How To Pick The Right TV For Your Living Room When it comes to buying a TV, there's a lot more than what's on a spec sheet. By the end of this guide, you'll know exactly how to pick the right TV. Read More . Many people now own TV sets with large screens, which can take up a sizable chunk of a living room. What’s more, all chairs point in the direction of the TV, suggesting that watching the gogglebox in the corner of the room is the main form of entertainment for all the family.

With this in mind we want to know what brand of TV is currently the most popular among the MakeUseOf readership. There are seven household names to choose from, as well as the option to add a brand of television not listed in the poll. We really are too good to you.

Please use the poll above to tell us what brand of TV you currently own, and then take to the comments section below to tell us your reasons for picking that brand over all the others available. Use the opportunity to argue the case for your chosen brand!

Remember, there’s an awesome T-shirt in it for the person responsible for the coveted Comment Of The Week. So put some thought into your contribution to the discussion… monosyllabic responses tend not to be chosen for obvious reasons.

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  1. Chaz
    April 5, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    Used to work for Zenith. Still using my Zenith from 1991. It is an seQ, Zenith's very first digital TV for the 90s. One of the CRT tubes is busted, so the pictures a bit off, but I'm keeping that TV until it dies.

  2. karen
    July 20, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    same as Carol above. we have an RCA tv that is 24 years old. the last one was RCA as well and lasted nearly as long until the construction crew behind us ripped the power line and fried our tv so it was replaced with our current one.

  3. Paul Harris
    July 18, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    I actually prefer the Samsung colours, but like the LG size.
    Next time around I may buy a larger Samsung.

  4. A41202813GMAIL
    July 15, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Have You Ever Mixed TV Related Equipments Of Several Brands ?

    How Do Remotes Play With Each Other ? - A Nightmare, Right ?

    I Chose PHILIPS 30+ Years Ago, Because They Once Had All Kinds Of Electronics - Unfortunately, Not Anymore.

    All My TV Related Equipments Are PHILIPS, Because Compatible Remotes Are A Blessing You Most Definitely Do Not Want To Throw Away.

    Cheers.

    • Dave P
      July 18, 2014 at 3:24 pm

      So you can use any remote with any TV? That's pretty sweet. I must admit that's the first time I've seen that given as the reason for choosing a particular brand though.

    • A41202813GMAIL
      July 18, 2014 at 3:56 pm

      I Chose MARANTZ For All Sound Equipments Back In 1983, But Started With PHILIPS In 1984 For Everything Else.

      The First Reason Was A Complete Arsenal Of Electronics.

      PHILIPS Had Everything, Including Washing Machines, Fridges - You Name It.

      My First PC Back In 1991 Was A 286 From PHILIPS.

      The Remotes Compatibility Is Just The Icing On The Cake.

      Cheers.

  5. JackR
    July 15, 2014 at 6:45 am

    I too have a Panasonic 42" Plasma that has the best picture of any TV I've seen. I also have a 50" Sony and a 40" Samsung; each of which have good quality pictures but no where near as good as the Panasonic. The others are LCD's.

    • Dave P
      July 18, 2014 at 3:26 pm

      Are you sad to see plasma being phased out?

  6. Colin
    July 14, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    I have a Panasonic 50" plasma in the TV room. Brilliant picture (maybe the best I've ever seen after being setup how I want it) and, despite not being "smart", it does everything I need it to do. In the sitting room I have a 19" Ebuyer LCD - not great but we don't use it much except in the winter when we have the log-burner lit!

    • Dave P
      July 18, 2014 at 3:30 pm

      Who needs TV when you have a log burner and hot chocolate on a cold winter's night...

  7. Carol E
    July 14, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    I have a 27-in. RCA CRT that is at least 28 years old. The picture quality on it is so good that I've never seen any reason that would justify purchasing a new flatscreen HD TV. One day, when I get mad enough at Comcast's constant price increases and poor selection of cable shows, I might purchase a TV that will allow me to stream Netflix and other online services, but Comcast's high-speed Internet connection is unreliable where I live so it is unlikely that I'll upgrade anytime soon. I'm happy with Netflix' DVD service and the few shows that I choose to watch on cable. This year, most of the good shows are on local networks anyway. So my choice of TV is really governed by the content I watch rather than the other way around.

    • Dave P
      July 18, 2014 at 3:29 pm

      Cut the Comcast cord and buy a new TV with all the money you'll save! ;)

  8. Vipul J
    July 14, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    First of all, wow, that image of that 90's TV!
    Now OT, I own 2 32' LG LED TV's.
    I was very keen on buying a LED ONLY, because they have the best and widest viewing angle ranges of up to even 175 degrees. While LCD's turn blacker the more you increase the viewing angle.
    I did quite some search on and offline. And this is what I found

    Sony - Living off it's luxurious brand name. Providing low end features at the price of mid range TV's, mid range at high end and high end at obnoxious prices. Also I'd like to bust the myth that Sony has exceptional sound systems. They 'had'.

    Samsung - Good choice, but colors seem a bit washed in front of others, maybe it might be better for some people. It's really a personal choice, just like how some people prefer AMOLED's and some prefer LCD's on mobile devices.

    Toshiba/Panasonic - Priced between Sony & Samsung, equivalent features. But lesser known brands, so spending on them instead of established ones didn't seem right. If someone can afford to risk about $500, go for a Panasonic. They seemed flawless, but I can't afford a mistake of this value.

    LG - I chose LG because they offer a variety of features at the lowest price in the market even though it is a reputed brand and they don't need to do this.

    Eg: One of my TV's is a LG Smart TV. I bought it for $500 exact (INR 30000). It has usual internet capabilities and usual ports. To add to this list, it has wifi-direct, miracast capability, 3 USB ports, 2 HDMI ports and a movable flexible wall mount. To top it all it has an IPS Panel.

    At this range, others were offering simple TV's with 1 USB and 1-2 HDMI ports with VGA Panel. So obviously I went for the LG.

    • Dave P
      July 18, 2014 at 3:28 pm

      You may have even trumped me in terms of doing your research before buying a TV. I ended up going for the Sony, but I've now got a Samsung.

      What if budget hadn't been an issue for you?

    • Vipul J
      July 18, 2014 at 5:21 pm

      Yeah, I did quite the market research before buying the TV, but I actually love window shopping gadgets, sort of a hobby!
      And if I didn't have a budget constraint, I'd get the biggest possible LED TV (maybe even the curved one, they looked splendid in the showroom), by LG!
      Because from what I've seen, LG is the most value for money brand, and regardless of the amount one spends, they always look for a product that really pays off for the money spent.
      And it's not like LG is compromising on anything to do this.
      I forgot mentioning that LG TV's usually come with movable wall mounts, at no extra costs, so that you can easily turn it on a side or move back & forth to plug in cables.

  9. Bob Myers
    July 14, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Samsung. I was so pleasantly surprised that I bought a second one for the bedroom.

    • Dave P
      July 18, 2014 at 3:26 pm

      It sounds like you weren't expecting much from Samsung?

  10. Jim Henshall
    July 14, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    I'd like to chime in on this poll. My wife and I are retired and YES, we do probably do watch more TV than we should. Having stated that, because we do enjoy movies and sports events of all types. So we set out to get ourselves a LARGE screen TV. We settled on a 70" Sharp Aquos television and I have to say, we've really enjoyed it!

    Yes it's BIG but it brings things up front and to life! It has a rich deep black background that really puts the emphasis on the colors. Especially when watching sports. The colors that are pulled out in the display are bright and vivid. In fact, when we first bouth it and turned it on, we were amazed how bright and sharp (no pun intended), the picture was. In fact, so bright that I actually had to go into the settings and adjust it down a bit for our taste.

    For a LARGE screen set, I would seriously look into a Sharp television especially when you compare picture quality over other mfg's like Samsung, Sony, LG. There is where the Sharp really stood out!

    • Dave P
      July 18, 2014 at 3:25 pm

      A 70-inch Sharp? Can I move in with you guys ;)

      Sharp has a very good reputation when it comes to TVs. And a big TV is absolutely made for movies and sports. I must admit, I'm jealous.

  11. Xoandre
    July 14, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Every brand listed in the survey is above and beyond expensive. As can plainly be seen, when it comes to television, the only major point of decision is value for the money. PRICE us the final determining factor when it comes to purchasing.

    My own television is a very heavy flat panel I purchased 7 years ago: Olevia 42" 1080p LCD HDTV, which still holds up after all these years. Standing out from the wall at 7.5" in depth, this sucker weighs in at 120lb.

    When I began my quest all those years ago for a new television - a large screen, flat HDTV, the price points started at $1000 and went up by nearly $500 for the top brand names. This Olevia 42" was on clearance, a display model at a local Sears store for $750. I haggled them down to a flat $600 after tax because it had no cables, no power cord, and no remote control.

    Yes, people do not realize you can still haggle, especially if it is a display or clearance model of an electronic device. You just need to get the manager involved - by asking very nicely - and know exactly what "flaws" and "deficiencies" the device plainly has.

    To me, and I assume most people, brand name holds little value anymore in the technology marketplace, where clones and off-brands are so abundant that they drive the price point low enough for some of us to afford what we could not before...

    • Dave P
      July 18, 2014 at 3:23 pm

      Wow, that is one heavy telly. I've never heard of that brand either, but it seems to be working well for you.

      I'm not sure I agree on brand loyalty. Sure, price will be the first consideration, then quality and size. But after that people will gravitate to a brand they know and like.

  12. Harun R
    July 14, 2014 at 8:09 am

    I have a Panasonic 42" Viera LCD. I don't watch TV much myself. On that TV, I mean. Except for lately, the 2014 Fifa World Cup. But that's over now. I watch "TV media" on my PC, if you know what I mean :)

  13. Harun R
    July 14, 2014 at 8:05 am

    I have a Panasonic 42" Viera LCD. I don't watch TV much myself. On that TV, I mean. Except for lately, the 2014 Fifa World Cup. But that's over now. I watch "TV media" on my PC, if you know what I mean :)

    • Dave P
      July 18, 2014 at 3:21 pm

      TV Media? I'm sure I haven't got a clue what you mean ;)

  14. dode
    July 14, 2014 at 6:03 am

    Went from 29" Sony CRT to 46" Samsung Smart TV. Wow !!! Now my Note3 is sooo happy !!

    • Dave P
      July 18, 2014 at 3:20 pm

      Oh, that must have been a good day. What was the first thing you watched on it? I still remember putting Saving Private Ryan on to test my first LCD.

  15. Db
    July 14, 2014 at 3:48 am

    55" Vizio...got a good rating from Consumer reports, have had it a few years now, no issues. Processor is a little slow with their apps so we stopped using them and plugged in a Roku3...best investment ever. Spend the $$$ for the Roku3...u will be happy u did.

    • Dave P
      July 18, 2014 at 3:19 pm

      Yeah, smart TVs aren't a good investment. Much better to use a dedicated device such as the Roku 3 :)

      As I've replied in other comments, Vizio isn't a brand I was previously aware of, but it seems to be very popular.

  16. Tim B
    July 14, 2014 at 3:01 am

    Vizio 42" 1080p. Great value, great quality. No complaints.

  17. Eric M
    July 14, 2014 at 12:20 am

    I have a Vizio 42" LCD LED TV, which is a great device. I use it for both TV (cable, HD) as well as a computer monitor for my Mac Mini -- which manages the home entertainment for the entire house (3 roommates). :)

    • Dave P
      July 18, 2014 at 3:18 pm

      Is Vizio a cheaper brand? I only ask because it's not one I'm aware of (being a Brit).

    • Eric M
      July 18, 2014 at 4:55 pm

      I consider Vizio TVs to be the affordable Sony. :)

      They are great devices, smart, functional, and (most importantly) affordable.

  18. jamieg
    July 13, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    Surprised the poll has sharp and Phillips instead of Vizio. I have a 55" Vizio that uses an LG panel with local dimming.

    • Dave P
      July 18, 2014 at 3:15 pm

      That's purely because I'm British and have never heard of Vizio. So I went with brands that sell worldwide rather than just in the U.S. That would have been like including Bush because they're popular in the UK.

  19. Hildy J
    July 13, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    I have a 58" Panasonic plasma TV. At the time I bought it, plasmas were far superior in picture quality to LCDs and the Panasonic was the second best plasma (I couldn't justify the extra money for the Pioneer XBR which was the best). After 5 years of fault free use, I don't regret my choice, although I'm seriously considering buying a new one before they vanish from the market (like my Betamax and LaserDisc). Too few people are willing to pay for quality.

    • Dave P
      July 18, 2014 at 3:14 pm

      Ooh, I bet that's a gorgeous TV. I couldn't afford a Panasonic the last time I came to buy a TV.

      It really is a shame to see plasma dying out. If you're determined to stick with it you should probably upgrade ASAP, as there aren't many being produced. Then again, the tech has changed, so you might want to look at new LED TVs.

  20. Brian B
    July 13, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    I know this is off-topic, but is there a way to get the full articles on my RSS feed? We used to until a year or so ago. I remember someone describing a work-around but I can't remember it.

    • Dave P
      July 18, 2014 at 3:10 pm

      I'll pass this comment on to the rest of the team.

    • Justin P
      July 18, 2014 at 7:31 pm

      Hey! You can use a service like http://feedenlarger.com/ to get a full text RSS feed, but we don't officially offer this. That might change in the future, if enough people ask (and if we can find a way to monetize RSS feeds – we want to keep paying our writers)

    • Kannon Y
      July 18, 2014 at 7:59 pm

      It bothers me too.

      I prefer fivefilters.org and wizardrss.com for full-text services. If you use mobile, the absolute best full-text equipped RSS reader is FeedMe. FeedMe is very minimal, but it includes support for external browsers and full-text with a double tap. WHICH IS AMAZING!

      I recommend pairing it with Javelin Browser. It's like browsing on mobile with multiple tabs. Hope that helps!

  21. ReadandShare
    July 13, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Would be fun to know if anyone still keeps -- and uses -- a black and white TV?

    • Dave P
      July 18, 2014 at 3:10 pm

      Oh, that would be interesting to know. I'm old enough to remember my parents having one. But it's long gone.

  22. Alan W
    July 13, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    We have three TV's, one in the living room and one in each of the bedrooms all of which are Samsung. Both my computer screens are Samsung for the same reason as my TV's - they are reliable! Well, at least for me they are. I havnt had a reason to switch or try another brand as yet.
    Ironically we subscribe to Netflix, HBO Nordic and Viaplay yet only watch about an hours TV a day.

    • Dave P
      July 18, 2014 at 3:09 pm

      What made you go with Samsung in the first place? And does the reliability mean you'll stick with Samsung in the future?

      Oh, and I subscribe to Netflix but some months don't get around to watching anything on it.

    • Alan W
      July 18, 2014 at 5:33 pm

      Originally I bought a Samsung 22" monitor because it was on offer and never had a problem with it. When I upgraded my pc I bought a 24 and a 27" Samsung because of its past reliability, and looks. When we changed the tv in one of the bedrooms, Samsung just followed on as it did in the guest room. It just made sense to stick with Samsung when we bought a Smart tv fgor the living room.

  23. ReadandShare
    July 13, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Mine is a Panasonic 32-in CRT - which I upgraded new back in 2003. Still works perfectly.

    I have been tempted to get a 60-in LCD -- and they are pretty cheap nowadays -- but I just don't watch TV much anymore. And this is one habit I am actually happy to lose.

    • Dave P
      July 18, 2014 at 3:07 pm

      I'd say splashing out on a 60-inch beast of a TV would be a waste if you're unlikely to use it very often. You could buy me one instead, as I watch more TV than is healthy. ;)

  24. David
    July 13, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    OTHER: I don’t own a television. I haven’t owned one in about ten years. The opener to this article “You probably watch more television than you should. Don’t worry, we all do” was quite amusing to me. It would have been interesting if you had included “I don’t own a television” in your poll just to see how the numbers compare.

    • Jeremy G
      July 14, 2014 at 3:34 am

      I agree with this comment. However, I do watch media that is currently thought of as TV based series, such as GOT. As such I reckon you would get some quite interesting stats if you were to add 'I don't watch TV Media' and 'I watch TV Media online' to this survey.

    • Dave P
      July 18, 2014 at 3:06 pm

      Both good points. We could run a poll in the future about how you watch TV and film, which would obviously include online options for cord-cutters.

      @David What made you give up owning a TV originally?

    • David
      July 19, 2014 at 2:54 pm

      @Dave P - as a child, I used the television solely for video games and watching movies. That was it; we didn't have cable television growing up, and I never got into the habit of "watching television." Even now, many television shows (and the accompanying commercial breaks) don't interest me.

      When I left home for college, I left my video game consoles behind. The college dorm rooms and apartments had televisions (or roommates with televisions) but I never used them. If there was a show or movie that I wanted to watch, I'd borrow the discs from the library or find them on the internet, watching on my computer either way. When I moved into my own apartment and furnished it myself, the idea of making space for or trying to find a television never even crossed my mind.

  25. Lakshay K
    July 13, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Even after being a tech enthusiast, i really don't care when it comes to tv.its nice to have a TV which has lots of feature in form of apps which you will never use,but nothing beats the simplicity of traditional interface. Sony , samsung ,LG and etc....
    They all make great TVs with great colors and features,but when it comes to TVs i need traditional(by that i mean old style but not actually old ) looks and feel
    And samsung and LG are clearly drifting away from that!
    Thats why i chose Sony as my brand in my last 3 purchases.
    Right now I am trying to get my hands on their new 4k TVs

  26. Paul Harris
    July 13, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    When I moved into my new apartment, I started out with a hand-me -down 32" Sony Bravia CRT, but longed for HD. The Salvation Army found a new home for the old reliable Sony, and I purchased a 32" Samsung for $300. Beautiful picture, USB for video,audio, photos.
    After 6 months and considerable saving, I came across a deal at Walmart for a 47" LG semi-smart; same USB options as above, but the deal included a smarter LG DVD player with internet connections. This opened up a world of added entertainment. I have since added Chromecast to the LG for more versatility
    Now, the Samsung has been retired to a bedroom where it rests 99% of the time.
    Ah, Life is Good !

    • Dave P
      July 18, 2014 at 3:04 pm

      Ooh, 47 inches... I'm jealous. I balked at going larger than 40 inches, but actually, at for watching films, I wish I'd gone up to a 50- or 60-inch beast.

      So, out of Samsung, Sony, and LG, which brand do you prefer?

  27. Lakshay K
    July 13, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    Even after being a tech enthusiast , i really don't care when it comes to tv(actually little).
    I do understand that most company use differnt approch when it comes to TV , sony trying to focus mainly on display, while samsung trying to put everything and anything they can get their hands on ( but they make tv which are good in display also)
    But considering the fact that tv has become more than just a box to watch shows(some times to show off) . I choose sony tv every single time not only because of their color production and connectivity option, but because of the traditional approach and looks (right now trying to get my hands on their 4k tvs)

    • Dave P
      July 18, 2014 at 3:02 pm

      I probably did a little too much research before buying my current TV. And actually, there is very little to discern between the brands. It's the same mentality as headphones, with only true audiophiles noticing the differences.

      I would love a 4k TV, sadly they're still a ways off being within my price range.

  28. Chinmay S
    July 13, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    I bought 32'' Samsung HD TV in 2010 to watch Fifa World Cup.

    • Dave P
      July 18, 2014 at 3:01 pm

      Did it last until this year's World Cup? Which, after all, was a lot more exciting to watch than the 2010 one.

  29. John S
    July 13, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    I've gone through a few Panasonics over the years; DVD players, recorders, surround sound and this TV. For the most part I trust them to be of good quality and reasonably long lasting, although my latest DVD recorder has had some hiccups.

    • Dave P
      July 18, 2014 at 3:00 pm

      Panasonic has a great reputation, and you pay more as a result. Have the problem with the DVD player put you off the brand a little?

  30. Bill L
    July 13, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    I bought the LG 37 inch with 1080 HD. Screen size was a priority due to our smaller viewing space. This particular model actually cost more than the 42 inch screens around it, but hey,...size once again matters. I am currently in the market for a bigger house because I really want a bigger TV.

    • Dave P
      July 18, 2014 at 2:59 pm

      You want a bigger house to accommodate a bigger TV... a man after my own heart.

      It was probably more expensive because 42-inch screens are standard, whereas 37-inch screens have always been the black sheep of the TV family. How are you finding the LG?

    • Bill L
      July 19, 2014 at 12:12 pm

      The 37in. LG has been well worth it. I am no longer looking for another house, but I am considering knocking out a few walls here!

  31. Diana Ward
    July 13, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    We have a Vizio 42", flatscreen of course, chosen mostly because of the choices available at Walmart at the time (The only electronics sales venue in our small town) It was the best quality for the best price. We have had it for 5 years with no trouble so far, so we are happy with it. We also have another old, non-flatscreen TV in a bedroom, but it's not my bedroom and I have no idea what brand it is.

    • Dave P
      July 18, 2014 at 2:57 pm

      As a Brit, Vizio isn't a brand I'm aware of. But it appears to be extremely popular in the U.S. If it's still going after 5 years then it certainly wasn't a bad purchase.

  32. Paul-kristjan A
    July 13, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    We own a 21" Samsung Slimfit television set, which is not really slim, it's from the last decade but still works great, despite being a CRT it doesn't take much power either.

    • Dave P
      July 18, 2014 at 2:56 pm

      Have you got any plans to upgrade to a newer model? And if so, will you be sticking with Samsung?

  33. dragonmouth
    July 13, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    I own a couple of Toshiba 32" CRT models. I saw them sitting on the curb, lonely and abandoned, so I gave them a home. They replaced couple of old 19" sets.

    • Dave P
      July 18, 2014 at 2:55 pm

      Woah, free TVs? I must try and visit your neighborhood.

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